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Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cowichan Bay
Reviewed 8 August 2011

The rooms here are quite large and it felt like an apartment on the beach. Great views of the ocean. Decor was a bit sparse. Loved the sliding doors in both rooms, making you feel like you're almost outside. Only downside really was the desk not being adequately staffed. Most times we went to the desk there was no one there. When there was they were stretched too thin to help everyone efficiently. But I will definately stay here again when I get back to Cowichan.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

Stayed ine night. Spacious rooms overlooking the harbour. Friendly staff and great value for money.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Clean if a bit dated. (There are signs posted up in the hotel about the renovations they are undergoing, modernizing the suites and so forth, something this property defnitely needs.) I believe all of the suites are one bedroom (ours had a King, and apparently they are all being updated to include Kings), and have generous sized living area for two people and a utility kitchen. There is a restaurant, small indoor pool and basic gym, as well as spa services available.

Pros:
Lovely, tranquil view of the marina from every suite (all face the water)
Decent enough gym (although the only elliptical was out of order)
Reasonable pricing

Cons:
No balconies (not that they can do anything about that now, but it's a big negative)
Mattress not the best quality
No dishwasher
Tiny table to dine at (cafe size)
No room service

We didn't try the restaurant on the premises, so can't comment on that. There is a cold beer and wine store attached to the hotel but it was closed for renovations (in July! Strange time of year to pick....).

This was fine for a night or maybe two, but is lacking in amenities for a longer stay. For example. the number of dishes, silverware, etc. in the kitchen is pretty bare bones, one tea towel, that kind of thing.

The front desk staff were pleasant although not necessarily well-informed. The check-in person told us that the wine /beer store was right next door ( it's actually attached to the hotel) but seemed to be unaware that it wasn't open for business.

Cowichan Bay is a lovely little spot with a couple of good restaurants, decent coffee and an excellent cheese shop. Well worth visiting for a weekend but I think we would try a B & B next time.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

Went for one night. July 9/2011. Rooms were large, clean and comfortable. We all went to Cowichan Lake for the day so did not get to test the pool or spa but will probably return. The hotel is still being renovated but this was not an issue with us. I do hope the when you change the windows that you have figured out how to accommodate a/c or at least screens.
We ate at the restaurant for dinner and breakfast. Food, service, staff.....all top notch!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

You can't beat the view -- and since it's the only rated hotel in Cowichan Bay, you can't beat the hotel. Unfortunately, one wishes there was some competition to keep these folks making more of an effort.

Pros:

Awesome view
Great location
Spacious suites

Cons:

Ancient appliances (that sometimes don't work)
Reservations that aren't honored (We booked a king, we got a queen, and were told the hotel was full, so no changes could be made)
Expensive regular price ($278 per night) for what you get.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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ManagerOFS, General Manager at Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2011

Dear fairmontfan,

I am very sorry that you did not enjoy all aspects of your stay. I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that we actually are in the process of making some really great improvements to the hotel. Our new room configuration for all of the suites will be a king bed in the bedroom and a new queen sofabed in the living room. By the end of July, we will have also completed 'refreshing' the suites with new windows, bedding, and drapes.

With regards to your rate it would have been $278 for the 2 nights you stayed, so it was only $139/night. If your records indicate differently please contact us immediately and we will rectify.

We would really like the opportunity to invite you back to the hotel, so you can in fact see our efforts and hopefully leave with a better lasting impression. If you travels do bring you back to Cowichan Bay, please do not hesitate to contact me directly so I can make your arrangements.

Kind Regards,

Lisa McCormick
General Manager

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Reviewed 16 June 2011

When we looked at this hotel several weeks earlier, it was obvious there had been a large run of disgruntled customers who were clearly unsatisfied with both the hotel & the PREVIOUS management.

However the more recent reviews since the change in management were positive if not glowing.

We were welcomed in the friendliest manner by a young lady who was only too happy to let us view a room before booking it for 2 nights.

We were amazed at the large size of the room as well as the views over the harbour and bay. Very spacious & comfortable with the cosiest of beds on those chilly evenings that were still hanging around late may!

T My wife used their Gym (pretty popular down there) and the heated pool & spa was usually occupied too.

We were lucky enough on our first morning to wake up with shouts of WHALES from a few keen eyed folks a few floors below. And sure enough, for the 1st time in our lives we saw the amazing sight of a pod of killer whales swimming by out in the bay - just incredible. This was in addition to the two seals that were sunning themselves out on the pontoon in front.

It's a pity the old reviews have since been taken down as you would see how much these guys have improved from what it used to be.

To be honest I was surprised at the previous review of the restaurant, I didn't even know they had one!

But we were usually cooking dinner & making brekky ourselves. Then exploring the local area for lunch. Lake Cowichan is a great place to explore too.

Room Tip: Get the end rooms with the amazing porthole window
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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ManagerOFS, General Manager at Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2011

Dear mattyd007,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on our hotel. We really appreciate your positive comments and we are very pleased that you noticed our improvements here.
I am really happy that you saw some whales! It has been amazing this year with the amount of whales we see in the bay weekly!

Warm Regards,
Lisa McCormick
General Manager

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Reviewed 15 June 2011

Rooms are large, clean and well-appointed. Our stay was very quiet. Staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating. Free wi-fi and computer access. Walkable to the rest of the town and within reach of other larger centers. Did not get a chance to try the food or other amenities. Parking was easy and available, if a little tight in the underground section.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay

Address: 1681 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V0R-1N0, Canada (Formerly Oceanfront Grand Resort & Marina)
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Cowichan Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cowichan Bay
Price Range: £80 - £166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay 3*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay is idyllically nestled in the Cowichan Valley, between Victoria and Nanaimo, in the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. With its eclectic collection of shops and restaurants and the wharves filled with, sail boats, fishing boats and floating homes it is one of the most picturesque, secret locations on Vancouver Island. The Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay offers 56 spacious suites, all facing the ocean. Each is equipped with a master bedroom, bathroom, and a comfortable living and dining area. Most are equipped with a complete kitchen. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, romantic getaway, family vacation or a special wedding destination, The Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay can deliver in comfort and style. ... more   less 
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